Public art trails and art walks to experience our city this summer

Last updated August 25, 2022
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Hundreds of free cultural and festive activities are taking place this summer in Montréal. Many trails and tours offer you opportunities to discover the city’s history and the works of art that beautify our neighbourhoods, and get some bonus exercise. Here are some that you shouldn’t miss.

Walks and trails to discover murals and public art

More than a hundred colourful and original outdoor murals adorn Montréal’s walls, making them an open-air museum. The Art public Montréal website offers a dozen themed, historical and playful multi-mode tours to discover artworks that beautify our city’s neighbourhoods, including three accompanied by podcasts (in French and English versions).

Celebrating the Sud-Ouest trail

Local artists, merchants and organizations await you in public squares temporarily set up along a 3.6 km trail running from Pointe-à-Callière to the Atwater Market. Discover this festive and family-friendly cultural program offered from August 26 to 28.

The René-Lévesque discovery trail

Discover the life and great achievements of former Québec premier René Lévesque on this trail that retraces his life in three stages: an exhibition in the urban area of the Quartier des spectacles, a video projection on the President-Kennedy pavilion of UQAM and a short documentary film at Place des Arts. To round out your tour, drop by Hydro-Québec’s head office to admire the bust of René Lévesque created by sculptor Paul Lancz.

The MEM Historical Trails from the Centre de mémoires montréalaises

Explore the lost neighbourhoods of Red Light, Goose Village and Faubourg à M’lasse with this podcast series from Montréal’s new museum and civic space. Follow the trail while listening to the portraits of 25 Montréal personalities who have left their mark on the city.

Cité Mémoire - an illuminated stroll through stories of Montréal’s history

As night falls, immerse yourself in the history of Montréal by walking past these 27 outdoor projections. Historical figures tell tales in images on the walls, cobblestone streets and trees of Old Montréal. For the full experience, download the Montréal en histoires app and listen in one of four available languages.

XP_MTL – a leisurely, cultural walk on Rue Sainte-Catherine

Local merchants and artists invite you to take a creative, leisurely two-km walk on Rue Sainte-Catherine. The walk includes urban furniture, terraces (patios), artworks and art installations.

Green Active Alleys walks: Embrace our alleys!

The Sud-Ouest, Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie and Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve boroughs are hosting four five-km active trails in their alleys and green spaces.

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